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Geography

Overview

We like to inspire students to see the awe and wonder of the world, whilst also developing a range of field work and enquiry skills to make sense of an ever changing world.

Course Outline

Based upon the National Curriculum we study a range of human, physical and environmental issues in a thematic approach.

 

Year Group

Half Term1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

7

What is Geography?

Environmental Enquiry

Map work and GIS

Local Coastal area

EU with extended homework

Weather and climate

Extended project on tornadoes and or hurricanes

Fantastic Places

8

Ecosystems and rainforests (comparison with deserts)

China

 

Indian Ocean Tsunami

Settlements

Glaciation

 

9

Global Interdependence

Global Interdependence

Tectonics

GCSE

Tectonics

GCSE

Rivers

GCSE

Population

GCSE

Assessment

A range of assessments take place for each module. These can be tests, extended writing projects or other internal assessment procedures.

Examining Board

Not applicable

Special Entry Requirements

If applicable

Career Opportunities

Direct jobs related to Geography include town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare.

However Geography offers a range of transferable skills that employers find very valuable.

Including Producing and interpreting maps

Research and interpretation of data including GIS

Debate and enquiry

Environmental and social awareness

Team based project work

Fieldwork techniques

Teaching Methods

To study these modules we will use a wide range of learning styles.

Another important aspect of the course is the geographical skills which we will use in most lessons. However the investigative skills aspect we will look at in more detail during a field trip to the coast.

What we really need to see, is you as a student becoming a more independent learner taking responsibility for aspects of their learning and having an open dialogue with staff about the work. We have found that the discussion and sharing of ideas and points of view are crucial in helping people to really understand complex situations.

 

How is the course graded

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How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)